Columns

  • Let voters resolve school funding

    On Jan. 11, a panel of three state court judges ordered Kansas lawmakers to boost school funding and resurrected a constitutional conflict that has been simmering in Kansas politics for most of the last 50 years. The conflict revolves around two fundamental .

  • Stewpot full of information

    Once upon a time 40 years ago there was a boss who was half entertaining and half off putting and/or disconcerting. In that business in those days it was not unusual to encounter the maladjusted, the warped, the physically maimed, .

  • Hagel and the future of the U.S. military

    There has been a lot of talk about President Barack Obama’s recent nominees for Cabinet positions.  The nomination of Sen. John Kerry to head the State Department came first. Jack Lew is going to Treasury, and is expected .

  • Superb local care is a life-saver

    With a variety of perspectives, I am grateful for the efforts to reduce the impact of cardiac disease in Manhattan. These range from working to reduce second-hand smoke, which contributes to acute and chronic coronary disease, to enhanced abilities to .

  • German’s campaign is farcical

    For Americans who think some of our politicians do dumb things, we are not alone. Germany has a politician who rivals our most inept.  In fact, he is running to replace Chancellor Angela Merkel next September — or sooner if .

  • Trust that it’s OK for farmers to dissent Jimsuber2

    Trust is a two-way street, an idea that U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack seems not to grasp very well. As reported earlier here, the administration’s chosen one to run the USDA employed the attack style and .

  • America’s states stay in the game

    Last week we spent a few days in Seattle, with its short days and chilly drizzle. Nothing remarkable, really. Well, save that same-sex couples can get married and that marijuana is legal. Oh, and the city is enjoying a huge .

  • ‘Kremlin shoots itself in the foot again’

    The headline atop this article is from a Russian newspaper criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to sign a bill forbidding Americans from adopting Russian orphans despite the fact that thousands of them living in orphanages and children’s .

  • Memories of ’93 flood powerful

    There is a picture on the wall in my kitchen of a house in the Kansas River. It is a picture I show guests often, and their apparent awe is always the same. It is ironic to be reminiscing about .

  • Inouye was a warrior, statesman

    I didn’t know Sen. Daniel Inouye, but I certainly felt as if I did. I was stationed in Hawaii in 1959, when he won his first Congressional election. I remember seeing him at an election rally and being impressed. I .

  • Blanket of snow good for wheat Jimsuber2

    We who care about such things wanted Mama Nature to unfurl a comforting and protective winter “blankee” of snow over our fields and pastures and wish us “Sweet Dreams” during a long deep sleep. There is nothing like a good .

  • Nontraditional and unforgettable

    Fifty years ago, I spent my first Christmas away from home. It was a Christmas that will vividly remain in my memory. I was a student in Benaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India. As Christmas approached, I felt a longing .


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